Category - Food

Delicious New Recipe: Ravioli-os


Try this innovative meal when you really want to impress your guests.


  • 6-ounce portion of Gerber Graduates Chicken & Carrot Ravioli
  • Approximately one handful of Cheerios
  • A big heap of toddler boredom and “creativity”


  • Entertain/distract toddler by offering Cheerios as she impatiently waits in high chair for her favorite ravioli.
  • Run around kitchen like a loon as you simultaneously search for last box of ravioli in back of cupboard, prepare cup of milk, grab utensils and napkins, soothe increasingly impatient toddler, and spin seven plates on your head.
  • Phew!  Found it.  Microwave ravioli for 25 seconds.
  • Sweep up shards of broken plates that fell off your head while grabbing attention-seeking cat off the coffee table.
  • Present ravioli to impatient, hungry toddler — yeah!  finally! — only to have her shake her head, “No,” and wail with inexplicable frustration.
  • Roll your eyes and wait.
  • Watch as toddler, struck with a brilliant idea, grabs handful of Cheerios and sprinkles them in ravioli dish — then enthusiastically digs into the cereal-covered pasta with plastic fork.
  • Voilà!  Ravioli + Cheerios = Ravioli-os.  Also known as “Our Meal Ticket (pun intended) to Top Chef.

Serves 1-2 crazy toddlers, or any ardent follower of Rachael Ray’s culinary tastes.

Pop Quiz: Baby Shower Cake


The most striking detail of this cake is what?

1)  That it clearly was terribly cold in the bakery the day they frosted the cake;

2)  The Dutch pride displayed on those elegant acrylic nails;

3)  That the elegant acrylic nails apparently belong to an Amazonian alien;

4)  The irony in the fact that her belly button resembles a condom;

5)  Um, what…?  I’m sorry, but I’m currently blinded by the cake’s high beams.


Candy’s Party Sangria


As you may remember, my child was down in the dumps last week with a post-vaccine fever, a touch of a virus, plus (as it turns out), an eighth tooth breaking through.  Good times all around.  This week…?  Genuinely good times.  When in good health, Miss Skye is such fun to hang out with.  She is cruising around the house like nobody’s business — and is so close to walking on her own that it’s almost ridiculous.  This weekend I’m going to try dangling a piece of chocolate on the other side of the room to “help” her along.  That same technique has worked to get me out of bed.

So, yeah, happiness abounds here at Chez Candy.  And when I’m in a good mood on a hot summer day, there is no better TGIF drink than this:

PARTY (pronounced par-tay) SANGRIA

Sangria happens to be one of my specialties; I’ve helped kick off more than a few parties with my “special” (read:  STRONG) recipe.  This particular concoction is modified to make only one glass — and, I promise, is not so strong that it will lead to you drunk-Tweeting about your brother-in-law’s “secret” cross-dressing habit.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Candy’s TGIW Raspberry Mojito


TGIW:  Stands for Thank God It’s the Weekend.  Because, clearly, I’ve missed the TGIF deadline, thanks to a one-year-old who was being ridiculously cute yesterday, thereby forcing me to play hooky and spend the entire day with her — followed by a husband who forced me to whip up a couple rounds of refreshing, rum-heavy TGIF mojitos for us (SLAVE DRIVER), after which I wasn’t exactly in, um, optimal blogging condition.  But I did it all for YOU, so that I could attest to the drink’s yumminess.  Which I now can.  Because that’s the kind of consummate professional I am.



  • 8 or so fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar (Mr. Candy and I like our drinks sweet, so we used two packets of Splenda that I stole, er… I mean, borrowed from Starbucks)
  • 2-3 oz. Bacardi Razz Raspberry Rum (or just white rum will do)
  • 2-3 oz. seltzer
  • 4-6 fresh raspberries


Place mint leaves, lime juice and sugar in a highball glass (something tall and narrow is perfect). Using the straight end of a wooden spoon, gently press on leaves to release flavor (“muddle” is the official term).  We do not own a wooden spoon at Chez Candy and Mr. Candy, so I used a wooden chopstick to muddle.  I kid you not.  Again, consummate professional and all that.

Fill glass with ice cubes. Pour in rum. Top off with seltzer. Drop in raspberries and CHUG!  Or sip, if you’re all refined like that.

Happy weekend!